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Thursday, 13 June 2024


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Hello Mike, I was excited when you requested info on where on the web to sell photo equipment as I feel the same as yourself about e-Bay. Do you plan to share what you have learned? Thank you. Peter

My dad, avid tennis watcher of many decades, agrees with your estimation of the frog. "Especially the big guys" he adds.

Also, Lothar Adler is definitely on to something. It's a beautiful 'graph.

Happy to note that this week's men's singles top 10 includes a one-handed backhand, thanks to #10 Grigor Dimitrov. Been there since April 1, in fact. His is a lovely example, too. Apparently, Dimitrov's nickname on tour used to be "baby Fed" (as in Federer). Tsisipas is still hanging around at #11.

It's grass court season and in theory that's the friendliest surface for one-handed backhands. In the past, I'd have expected those two to improve their rankings over the next few weeks. But these days, most all the top players with two handed backhands are also highly proficient with the one-handed slice backhand (the kind most useful on grass), and proficient at countering it, too, so I'm not expecting that to happen. In fact, a good one-handed slice may be requisite for any pro today, given the very high level on tour. Alcaraz may have the best among two-handers. One could even argue that technically the one-handed backhand never disappeared from the top ten list, seeing as how every one of the the top ten use it routinely.

You may be too young to remember Ken Rosewall, an Aussie with a devastating backhand. Probably second only to Federer’s.

Justine Henin's single handed backhand one of the most beautiful tennis shots ever for me, work of art, plenty on youtube if you want to see.

Staying up all through the wee hours to watch Wimbledon finals is a thrilling memory of my 20s. Then turning up to work and recognising others who had gone without sleep for the same reason.

Each shot is so high stakes, with almost zero margin for error... It's like watching two gunfighters in a Western.

Australia is a punishing place to watch live tennis.

Bjorn Borg was a unique genius type of player: his strokes were pretty much his own invention. There wasn’t a teaching pro anywhere teaching Borg’s strokes to students, not that they could anyway.

Around 1975 Borg was playing the U.S. Pro at the Longwood Cricket Club, outside of Boston. Myself and two tennis buddies showed up there even though we didn’t have tickets. We hopped the fence and soon got run down by a security guard. I recall speaking for our group and saying, “we’re big fans of Borg but we don’t have tickets.” To my amazement he let us go in. We sat in the first row on metal bleacher seats viewing from the side of the clay court Bjorn was playing on. He came onto the court in his Fila duds and looked quickly at the spectators. He looked at us, with our imitation Borg haircuts. We we totally starstruck seeing this once in a lifetime player. He was our hero.

I’d like to add, if I may, one more terrific two-handed backhand to your list: Andre Agassi!

Re comments. One of your site's big issues is comment moderation. For a one-man operation manual moderation just doesn't scale, so if your site gets popular, comments get more problematic, and so potential long term followers might get pissed off.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I think a lot of visitors are driven by the comments, and following up on comment posts. Because you have a lot of regulars, it has become a kind of community, even if that's perhaps not your intention.

A good solution, although probably impossible with your dated tech stack is to have some kind of verified user status, so that trusted users do not need comment moderation when posting

As is normal for me, I won’t watch any tennis this year.

However, if I can find it without sacrificing and arm and/or leg, I will be watching cricket, which is great to watch, the scoreboard being equally fascinating.

The other great spectator sport, along with being a lifelong participatory sport too, is golf. Despite the Churchillian quip that it was nothing but a "good walk ruined", it is one of the best ways to get exercise throughout one’s life.

[...If you walk.

And play every day? --Mike]

Greetings Mike, in reply to your above comment…

I tried to play golf in former years, but never got the hang of it, as my Dad’s lifelong friend and adequate golfer chum used to tell me when we were out together… "Don’t try to knock the cover off of the ball…”

This was always my issue, and after a couple of years of continually doing just that, I gave up.

However, I never gave up walking. I have had a serious medical issue, trying to pass kidney stones, which is commonly regarded as one of the most painful conditions that a human can suffer, followed by a massive overdose of morphine and ketamine.

(I also have the mis-titled condition known as Crohn’s disease. It is not a disease (bacterial or viral) but rather a genetic condition.)

I received this overdose in the ambulance and then less than an hour later at Guy’s Hospital, as a result of a mix up between ambulance and A&E staff.

Two years on and I am walking again, but suffer from vertigo and blinding headaches, which require regular bed rest.

I no longer have a day and a night, I now have two to three hour bouts of sleeping and waking on a 24 hour basis.

I am used to this now, and I regularly attend NHS sleep clinics, where they prescribe different cocktails of drugs, which never seem to work.

In short, I live like a wild animal that has to rouse itself in order to check for predators.

The best I have found is a micro dose of valium at about 22:00 hours to initiate sleep, and sometimes that gives me as much as 4 hours of continuous sleep.

However, when I am awake, I have a buzzing in my head and dizziness. I understand that this is taking a toll on my kidney’s and heart, so I keep attending this sleep clinic, ever hopeful that they will arrive at a serviceable cocktail of sedatives and stimulants.

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